Source Code (12A)

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Time Out says

Tue Mar 29 2011

Based on a hardcore sci-fi premise, but staged with a Hitchcockian lightness that injects romance and humour into a potentially bleak terrorist bomb scenario, this second film from the director of ‘Moon’ is an emotionally engaging time-travel puzzle piece. It may not be ‘Un film de Duncan Jones’, but it is an efficient, entertaining thriller that features several striking signature sequences and some smart conceptual ideas.

Jake Gyllenhaal is edgy and engaging as confused Blackhawk helicopter pilot Captain Colter Stevens, who wakes up on a Chicago commuter train with no clue how he got there or what his ‘mission’ is. The attractive woman seated opposite, Christina (Michelle Monaghan), seems to think he’s a school teacher called Sean, and the face reflected in the train window is not his. Suddenly, an explosion rips through the train, and Colter finds himself in what may be the cockpit of his crashed chopper. Via a video screen, uniformed military ‘minder’ Goodwin (Vera Farmiga) explains that Colter is part of an experimental project, which allows access to a parallel reality for eight minutes at a time. And he has to keep going back in – not to stop the explosion, which has already happened, but to identify the terrorist on the train, who has also planted a ‘dirty bomb’ in the city.

Rather than get bogged down in the scientific explanations, Ben Ripley’s intricate script and Jones’s brisk direction invite us to climb aboard and enjoy the ride. But if you want to dig deeper, there is some serious stuff about a guy lost in fragments of time, groping towards a sense of his own identity. There’s also an involving emotional undertow, thanks to Colter’s fragmented romance with Monaghan’s loveable teacher-next-door and the burgeoning human connection between Farmiga’s delicately nuanced ‘minder’ and Gyllenhaal’s angry yet vulnerable guinea pig.
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12A

UK release:

Fri Apr 1, 2011

Duration:

93 mins

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Regina

I am surprised to see negative ratings. It's a movie to pay attention to maybe not constantly but you have to watch it. The ending is what makes the movie and if you don't see how it comes to be, you've missed it all. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good movie with no bad language, nudity, or other negative things that would be there if you wanted to watch it with your pastor.

Regina

I am surprised to see negative ratings. It's a movie to pay attention to maybe not constantly but you have to watch it. The ending is what makes the movie and if you don't see how it comes to be, you've missed it all. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good movie with no bad language, nudity, or other negative things that would be there if you wanted to watch it with your pastor.

Fran

For my money, a gripping thriller with an excellent performance from Jake Gyllenhaal - all eyes, military training and edginess. Michelle Monaghan also great, and the chemistry between the two leads kept me hanging in through all the repeats. I did find the Vera Farmiga role a bit unrealistic - lots of close-ups of facial emoting, meant to signal to the audience her inner conflict, yawn. And of course the basic sci fi premise isn't logical - but I've seen a lot worse movies in the last couple of years that pretended to be deep and significant. This movie focuses on the action and it delivers. From the opening shots it had confidence and direction - well worth the watch.

Fran

For my money, a gripping thriller with an excellent performance from Jake Gyllenhaal - all eyes, military training and edginess. Michelle Monaghan also great, and the chemistry between the two leads kept me hanging in through all the repeats. I did find the Vera Farmiga role a bit unrealistic - lots of close-ups of facial emoting, meant to signal to the audience her inner conflict, yawn. And of course the basic sci fi premise isn't logical - but I've seen a lot worse movies in the last couple of years that pretended to be deep and significant. This movie focuses on the action and it delivers. From the opening shots it had confidence and direction - well worth the watch.

Raghu

Trailer of this movie is promising and pulse raising,but actual movie didnt live upto expectations..just ok kind of movie..

Raghu

Trailer of this movie is promising and pulse raising,but actual movie didnt live upto expectations..just ok kind of movie..

Paul

Good enough to pass the time making a racket eating popcorn and playing with your phone

Paul

Good enough to pass the time making a racket eating popcorn and playing with your phone

Robert Thornton

Groundhog Day meets Heroes (series 1). OK entertainment but hardly anything special. Guardian critics kept refering to Hitchcock, other than being a thriller where's his influence in this film? Typical American Smaltzy ending rather ruined the plot.

Robert Thornton

Groundhog Day meets Heroes (series 1). OK entertainment but hardly anything special. Guardian critics kept refering to Hitchcock, other than being a thriller where's his influence in this film? Typical American Smaltzy ending rather ruined the plot.

Maxbax

Seen much worse , loved the panoramics & city overheads . Contrast with our heroes world , or saying "you've come far enough"? . Bit of a , not you again feeling whenever reunited with the love interest , for me. I could'nt square with the hard nosed merciless attitude of national security & the mushy farce into which we were dumped . In all , more likes than dislikes .

Maxbax

Seen much worse , loved the panoramics & city overheads . Contrast with our heroes world , or saying "you've come far enough"? . Bit of a , not you again feeling whenever reunited with the love interest , for me. I could'nt square with the hard nosed merciless attitude of national security & the mushy farce into which we were dumped . In all , more likes than dislikes .

TRUTHTELLER.

This is a very entertaining movie if you buy the premise . Why not? It's fun and enjoyable. It is somewhat similar indeed to the TV show Quantum Leap-the hero somehow leaps into someone else's body in a different time period. Since he keeps repeating the experience there are also elements of Ground Hog Day. In this one the US Air Force has a method of projecting the hero into another body in a parallel universe/world. The purpose is to prevent a disastrous event in the future. It's not an original idea but it's rather well done with excellent acting, direction, and I especially like the tight writing.

TRUTHTELLER.

This is a very entertaining movie if you buy the premise . Why not? It's fun and enjoyable. It is somewhat similar indeed to the TV show Quantum Leap-the hero somehow leaps into someone else's body in a different time period. Since he keeps repeating the experience there are also elements of Ground Hog Day. In this one the US Air Force has a method of projecting the hero into another body in a parallel universe/world. The purpose is to prevent a disastrous event in the future. It's not an original idea but it's rather well done with excellent acting, direction, and I especially like the tight writing.

Lawfy

Superior sci-fi flick. The premise isn't particularly groundbreaking but the film's intelligent, emotionally engaging and well-cast. I was cautious about seeing it as I hadn't enjoyed Moon.

Lawfy

Superior sci-fi flick. The premise isn't particularly groundbreaking but the film's intelligent, emotionally engaging and well-cast. I was cautious about seeing it as I hadn't enjoyed Moon.

Mike

As I was with "Moon", I was bored rigid with "Source Code". As is said below by other reviewers, good sci-fi this is not, and it feels like a very leaden "Groundhog Day". On the upside, some of the photograph's excellent - but that's where "excellent" ends as far as this movie's concerned. I will not see another Duncan Jones film - ever - there are more important things in life - like picking the fluff out of my navel. Two stars.

Mike

As I was with "Moon", I was bored rigid with "Source Code". As is said below by other reviewers, good sci-fi this is not, and it feels like a very leaden "Groundhog Day". On the upside, some of the photograph's excellent - but that's where "excellent" ends as far as this movie's concerned. I will not see another Duncan Jones film - ever - there are more important things in life - like picking the fluff out of my navel. Two stars.

kAJ

very good movie. !! strongly rec.i havent seen so good movie for a long long time;)

kAJ

very good movie. !! strongly rec.i havent seen so good movie for a long long time;)

ARCHGATE

Stunning film. Very easy on the eye and good performances make this a must see. How this young director has managed to inject a high level of pathos is amazing. 5 stars.

ARCHGATE

Stunning film. Very easy on the eye and good performances make this a must see. How this young director has managed to inject a high level of pathos is amazing. 5 stars.

Richard

Jules doesn't come on here to review movies. He comes on to inlfict us with his extremist left wing politics. Go and attend a meeting of the party Jules. I'd say the reviewers three stars is about right.

Richard

Jules doesn't come on here to review movies. He comes on to inlfict us with his extremist left wing politics. Go and attend a meeting of the party Jules. I'd say the reviewers three stars is about right.

Alan

This had a great trailer and an intriguing premise, but I couldn't believe how boring I found it. It certainly is VERY Groundhog Day, and by the time Stevens has been flashed back for the third time I was losing the will to live. The strange thing is, I can't work out why... Some flashy-looking action pieces (though all in the trailer, be warned) and three good performances from the leads; Farmiga being particularly engaging. Both my companions enjoyed it though, so it will be interesting to see the overall verdict; I hear The Guardian have given it 5 stars.

Alan

This had a great trailer and an intriguing premise, but I couldn't believe how boring I found it. It certainly is VERY Groundhog Day, and by the time Stevens has been flashed back for the third time I was losing the will to live. The strange thing is, I can't work out why... Some flashy-looking action pieces (though all in the trailer, be warned) and three good performances from the leads; Farmiga being particularly engaging. Both my companions enjoyed it though, so it will be interesting to see the overall verdict; I hear The Guardian have given it 5 stars.

Justin Berkovi

As in 'MOON' Duncan Jones again tries to punch above his weight with another tedious film. Jones would like us to believe that he has the gravitas and insight into what makes for a compelling science fiction or 'fantasy' film. His use of machines inspired by Kubrick to generate atmosphere or tensions is laughable. Jones' simplistic direction and lack of understanding of human emotion and the portrayal of it on film means that his characters never really ring true. Whilst Jake does his best and is always watchable I wouldn't bother wasting your time with this. Go and see 'Rabbit Hole' instead, that's a proper film

Justin Berkovi

As in 'MOON' Duncan Jones again tries to punch above his weight with another tedious film. Jones would like us to believe that he has the gravitas and insight into what makes for a compelling science fiction or 'fantasy' film. His use of machines inspired by Kubrick to generate atmosphere or tensions is laughable. Jones' simplistic direction and lack of understanding of human emotion and the portrayal of it on film means that his characters never really ring true. Whilst Jake does his best and is always watchable I wouldn't bother wasting your time with this. Go and see 'Rabbit Hole' instead, that's a proper film

Phil Ince

Well-made and acted; a cross between Groundhog Day and something like Philip K Dick's UBIK (and a damn sight better than the BBCs Dick rip-off, Life on Mars). Simple, in its way, but enjoyable and touching.

Phil Ince

Well-made and acted; a cross between Groundhog Day and something like Philip K Dick's UBIK (and a damn sight better than the BBCs Dick rip-off, Life on Mars). Simple, in its way, but enjoyable and touching.